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  • Locations: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
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Purple Flower


The University campus is named after its founding father, Zeferino Vaz, one of Brazil’s most renowned educators, who dreamed of UNICAMP and saw its birth in 1966. Since its founding in 1966, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) has greatly valued the presence of foreign students and professors in its academic community as a welcome sign of vitality, understanding that university experience and scientific knowledge in today's world are international realities. The University has approximately 15,696 undergraduate students and 17,275 graduate students. The majority of the undergraduate students come from São Paulo state, while the graduate students come from literally all over the nation. The academic staff includes nearly 1,800 professors. For more information please see or


Subjects Include
Medicine, Nursing, Speech therapy, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Biology, Physical Education, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (Pure, Applied and Computational), Statistics, Computer Sciences, Engineering (Control and Automation, Chemical, Food, Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, Agricultural and Civil), Architecture, Geography, Geology, Economics, Arts, Music, Social Communication, Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, History and Social Sciences.

Student Life

A city originally named for its meadows, Campinas was founded in 1774.  With a population of nearly one million people, Campinas is today an important and growing educational, industrial and financial center. The main university campus lies 16 kilometers north of the city center.
As most Brazilian big cities, Campinas has cinemas, theaters, museums, parks, and fine shopping malls. Restaurants serve a variety of regional and international dishes while pubs, here caled “barzinhos”, are popular meeting places for stimulating conversations and great live music.
Campinas is also the home of two popular soccer teams: Guarani and Ponte Preta. Recreation in the vicinity of Campinas is rich and varied. São Paulo, one of the world´s largest cities and an important cultural center, is located 100 kilometers southeast of Campinas - a one-hour ride by car or bus. In addition, many country resorts and parks are accessible, offering a taste of life in the countryside. Finally, some of the famous beaches of the Brazilian coast are only a two-hour drive away.
Campinas is served by a comprehensive transportation network that can take you from any part of town to another in a fast and comfortable trip.


The most common form of housing is the traditional "república"- a house or an apartment rented by one student who then sublets rooms to other students, allowing 4 to 6 people to share the living expenses.  Shared living arrangements costs approximately US$350 per month, which may or may not include meals. Other possible living arrangements include lodging in a "Pensão" or a private apartment.


The sloping verdant meadows where the campus is located was the home for ancient coffee and sugar cane plantations. The property now houses the two-million square-meter university campus, luxuriant with parks and flowering trees. UNICAMP has three locations: Campinas, Piracicaba and Limeira. UNICAMP consists of 22 centers of teaching and research. UNICAMP also includes a vast hospital complex (two large hospitals in Campinas, one in Sumaré and another in Hortolândia), 23 interdisciplinary centers, two technical high schools, and a series of support units within a universe of about 50,000 people.